PLAN TWO: THE MARCH

Democracy is messy. We Americans have inaugurated presidents since April 30, 1789, when George Washington took his oath at Federal Hall in New York City. Last week Donald Trump became our 45th president. A week-long celebration by his supporters in Washington DC was exciting. Jubilation reigned. Winning is fun. However, on the next day American… 

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GO FISH: BRANDADE de MORUE

This post is dedicated, with fondness, to Dr. David Yokum, who was a prominent thoracic surgeon and catfish guy. Being Iowa born and bred in the Fifties/Sixties meant odds are heavily weighted to a meat-and-potatoes palate. In the Corn State then there were approximately 200,000, 150-170 acre family farms. Each August at the Delaware County… 

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DORIE & INA: THE ART of FIERCE

In the mood to feel good? Need to unplug for a moment? I can magically make that happen: (1) Read my blog; (2) While still (hopefully) chuckling from Dorie & Ina: The Art of Fierce, drive to to your local theatre to see “La La Land”. If you’re not happy after (1) and (2) then,… 

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SNOW STORM=FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS…OUT

COOK the BOOK FRIDAYS. SCALLOPED POTATOES with BLEU CHEESE and ROASTED GARLIC Tomorrow (Friday) I’m headed West. First stop, Anthem Country Club in Henderson, Nevada where I’ll drop my bags for six weeks. Michael and I lived in ACC the last 8 years of our marriage. What I positively know is I wouldn’t have survived… 

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CLINGING to SUMMER: TOMATOES & CORN

Today’s post will be my last one for the foreseeable future. Since I am turning off the lights for a time, this Iowa girl needs to talk corn and tomatoes. Every year it happens. September barges in before I’m ready for summer’s farewell. Autumn has the upper hand and is clearly broadcasting its presence. Nights… 

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ELOISE of THE PLAZA HOTEL & ME

As I walked to The Gant’s front office recently, I was followed by a young man and his son headed in the same direction. During that 3-4 minute walk, the little guy, probably 6, never stopped asking questions, one after another. Honestly, not one breath. How is that possible? At some point I glanced back,… 

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AN UNEXPECTED SURPRISE (with DESSERT)

“Is this a sharable story?” I’ve been asking myself. “Can I blog about this to inspire or bring a smile?” If something really nice happens, I wondered, can I flip it into a Pay It Forward challenge for you readers as it was for me ? Coin flip. Heads, yes. Tails, yes. (It was Heads.)… 

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WHAT’S HAPPENING in YOUR BACKYARD?

Can you spare five minutes to be silly? In these somber times we still need to step outside our life box of concerns and shake it up. You have lots of happy breaths stored beside those worried and stressful ones. Just dig deeper and gulp. It’s CooktheBookFriday, time to share the exceptionally-talented David Leibovitz’s recipes… 

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JUNE is BUSTIN’ OUT in the ROCKIES

I need a Time Out to serve up some Joy. While processing the waywardness of our planet this week, it’s not disrespectful, to my mind, to search for an alternative to hand-wringing and strain. Who wants anxiety and sadness to become constant companions. Although I’m not important in that important sort-of-way nor powerful nor do… 

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LIFE on the SAFE SIDE: A LIST

Can you handle a How-To List? Realizing you’re involved in your own lives, I can hear heavy sighing. Take a deep breath. Grab that leap of faith. Today’s post is loaded with gems of wisdom. Lifesavers. For you. And, loved ones. It’s also CooktheBookFridays. Our recipe is Fattoush, David Lebovitz’s ingenious salad loaded with ‘a… 

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